Sifting Through Sheet Pan Recipes
As I’ve been reviewing recipes for quite some time now, I’ve come across a great handful of sheet pan recipes. Some were tasty while others lacked the satisfying flavor. Yes, they are very easy and convenient to make during the week, but you also want to enjoy something tasty, right? In the case of this week’s recipe review–jerk chicken and roasted veggies for a sheet pan dinner is my new winner. The flavors really pop and they really make this simple meal extremely tasty.
This weeks recipe comes from Clean Foodie Cravings and you can find the recipe right -> here!
Jerk Seasoning and the Chicken
One of my absolute favorite seasonings is jerk seasoning, so when I saw it listed on this recipe, it was a must try. For this recipe, I did not make the seasoning from scratch. Plus, the recipe did not list the components of the jerk seasoning. Luckily, I do have a go-to brand for jerk seasoning. I use Busha Browne Jerk seasoning. It comes in a 4 oz. jar. I bought mine at Whole Foods, but it can also be ordered from Amazon. I guarantee you that a little goes a long way with this seasoning. 1 Tbs for this recipe is absolutely enough. It will coat all of your chicken thoroughly. Do not add any more than that, because jerk seasoning has a tendency to go from just the right amount of heat to “all I can taste is heat”. You want to have the right balance. If you follow the recipe instructions by Clean Foodie Cravings, you will have that balance.
Cook Time for Chicken. Bone-in vs Boneless
When looking at delicious looking recipes, pay close attention to not only the actual recipe card, but also the pictures. Yes, they’re very nice and make you crave the meal more, but it’s important to notice anything that would help you with recreating the dish. In this case it will be the chicken. Noticing that the author has used bone-in chicken thighs will affect mostly the cooking time. For my recreation of this dish, I used boneless thighs.
The cook time states 45 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. There are multiple details that would affect that time. Chicken is one detail, but also how the veggies were cut. I find that sweet potatoes cook a bit longer before being fork tender, so I diced them up into smaller cubes. It does help, truly. So, in other words, start checking your sheet pan deliciousness at around the 30-35 minute mark. Mine ended up cooking for a full 35 minutes before the chicken was fully cooked and the veggies were fork tender.
Like all recipes, we look for these times as guidance, but each oven is different, so you have to make the necessary adjustments.
Once cooked to perfection, you will have delicious fork-tender veggies, and beautifully colored jerk chicken. The best part, however, is how quickly everything came together. Once you throw everything onto the sheet pan, you can clean up, have a glass of wine, or both! Heck, you’ll have the time!
Grey’s Grade: 5/5
I always look to have a meal not only satisfy your household, but also keep your frustration levels down. After a long day at work, you don’t want to be raging in the kitchen. This recipe is perfect for those days where you just want the comforting hug of a good meal.
Clean Foodie Cravings is phenomenal with her flavors and I cannot recommend this recipe enough. Jerk chicken has such a great flavor without it being too spicy for those who don’t like too much spice on their plate. It’s truly a complete flavor accompanied by a great variety of roasted veggies.
With having the pre-made jerk seasoning, it also saves you money and time. Two of the things I love to look for when reviewing these recipes.
Another winner for week two of January!
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